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Wednesday, 20 May 2015 12:16

Career beginnings: a Q&A

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_Lawson-PeterRoundtree.jpgSince my last Canadian Lawyer 4Students article, I have been called to the British Columbia bar. As I’m no longer a student, and this will be my last article for 4Students, I thought it would be fitting to look back to the beginning.
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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_Ian-Holloway.jpgMaybe the best movie line ever about law school was delivered by John Houseman in The Paper Chase. Playing the imperious contracts professor Charles W. Kingsfield, he famously said to first year student James Hart and his classmates: “You come in here with a skull full of mush. . . . And if you survive,” he continued in all his stentorious magnificence, “you’ll leave thinking like a lawyer.”
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Monday, 23 March 2015 08:00

Three articling myths

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_Lawson-PeterRoundtree.jpgIt’s no secret articling can be stressful. For many students, this is their first time working in a law office. Even those who have summered have probably heard stories about how different articling is, and have preconceived notions of how their lives will change over the year. In this article, I hope to dispel some of those myths.
Published in Latest News
Monday, 09 March 2015 08:00

How to land an articling interview

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_2014_Jenny_Poon.jpgThe Canadian economy is still picking up since the 2008 recession. Despite this, the annual unemployment rate is still around six or seven per cent, which is much higher than a lot of other developed countries. Also, with the rise of the cost of living and an increased number of university graduates, having a Bachelor’s degree or even a law degree doesn’t mean you’ll automatically get a job.
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Monday, 02 February 2015 08:00

The great debate of 2015

The great debate of 2014 was the future of articling. That issue has by no means been resolved; the Law Society of Upper Canada’s experimental alternative to articling has yet to prove itself worthy. As the first group goes through the Law Practice Program, there are definitely differing points of view on its value. But only time will tell how well prepared those LPP students will be to practise but also how those students will be accepted and valued in the profession compared to colleagues who went through traditional articles. Stay tuned on that.
Published in Commentary
Monday, 17 November 2014 00:08

The dos & don’ts of articling


Ask for help when you need it.b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_2014_Jenny_Poon.jpg
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Monday, 13 October 2014 08:00

Excelling at articles

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_Ines-Gavran.jpgAs law students, we constantly worry about our future career: whether it’s on landing an articling position, successfully completing it, or getting hired back afterwards. So how can you make the best out of your experience?
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Monday, 06 October 2014 08:00

Don’t bet against LPP candidates

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_Matt-Hopkins.jpgYou never know how your story will turn out. After completing my undergraduate degree and finding myself in the middle of a recession, I turned to the Canadian Forces but a back injury stopped me dead in my tracks.  I regrouped and found myself at Western Law, but the job market wasn’t getting any better. In my first article for Canadian Lawyer 4Students, I talked about my past and about the next steps in my journey. I told you I was ready to seize my opportunity and that opportunity is here. This marks the first in a four-article series I will be writing to document my experience with Ontario’s new Law Practice Program, an alternative to the traditional model of articling in Ontario. I will tell you a bit about the program and, in doing so, a bit about me and how the experience is preparing me for my own legal practice.
Published in Latest News
Monday, 25 August 2014 08:00

Landing the big one

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_2014_August_Fall_Issue_4Students_Fall2014Cover.jpgAfter a few weeks of law school Frances Mahon boldly went to professor Alan Young’s office at Osgoode Hall Law School and in her words, “begged him for a job.” His response to her plea was disappointing yet encouraging at the same time. “He said: ‘Come talk to me in the summer when you actually know something and you’re not a baby law student,’” recalls Mahon, who would later that year begin a two-year journey working on one of the most pivotal cases in recent Canadian history.
Published in 4Students Cover Story
Monday, 25 August 2014 08:00

Bull by the horns

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_2014_August_Fall_Issue_Bull.jpgEntrepreneurship is a catchword in the practice of law these days, but it’s also a skill you could use when articling in a small law firm, where there is less structure and more room to innovate and create the kind of experience you want.
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